Darren Bent had hoped that club teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor would partner him at some stage during England’s friendly against Spain. Unfortunately for Agbonlahor, a hamstring injury ruled him out of the England victory and a deserved chance to show his talents in an England shirt.
‘It is massively disappointing that Gabby had to pull out. You see him week in and week out, he’s been top drawer. He has been tremendous this season. I want him to be fit for Tottenham when we play them on Monday week’.
Agbonlahor and Bent provide the perfect balance to a Villa team filled with attacking talent, and the former Sunderland striker has spoken of the confidence boost his performance gave him and he is looking to continue his form to help Villa progress further up the table.
‘To beat the world champions is always a great achievement. The football they play is sublime at times and it was good to get the win. It will be massive in terms of confidence as an individual and as a team. It is always going to be difficult, but you’ve just got to wait for your chance and try to take it when it comes’, Bent added.
The England international, along with the rest of his Villa teammates are starting to learn more and more about their game following the introduction of intricate video analysis. Villa boss Alex McLeish and his backroom staff video training and then comprehensively dissect the sessions to provide player-to-player feedback to the Villa squad. Villa assistant Peter Grant has spoken of the positive effects it holds on the players, and they focus on good and bad elements.
Grant revealed: ‘Players will make mistakes during a game on Saturday, because we all make mistakes, we’re only human. But if you can show them they’re making the same mistakes in training, then it will help them cut them out come matchday.’ Villa are using technology heavily to try and bring themselves amongst the elite clubs in the Premier League.
Two notable absentees from training this week have been goalkeeper Shay Given and defender Richard Dunne, who have been with Ireland as they look to qualify for Euro 2012. Given and Dunne should be fully fit for Monday’s fixture with Tottenham and will be full of confidence, as Ireland are on the verge of qualification following a 4-0 first leg win against Estonia.
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